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Support for Private Channels

Looking for the ability to create a channel that only channel members can see. Private channels are available in slack. There is an admin for private channels who is the creator, and they are the ones who add/remove users.

Five types of public/privacy that is being asked for by users:

- Public-Open (visible anywhere including outside the org and anyone can join)
- Public-Invitation (visible anywhere including outside the org, must be invited)
- Company-Open (only visible inside the org and anyone in the org can join; outside the org must be invited)
- Company-Invitation (only visible inside the org, must be invited)
- Secret (invisible to everyone except existing members, must be invited)

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can we please get a monthly update on this item? It is hard to "rest assured" when there is very little communication.

        Teams is a great product, but the lack of Private Channels is the only thing holding us back from adopting this company wide.

      • rookie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        hi,

        The delays ended up with us adopting Slack instead of MSTeams
        It now means S4B is being retired and we moving to Zoom.

        The lack of clear communication (even if its bad news) hurts the product more than the lack of the features we ask for.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Almost a month since the last update. Can we expect another vague update about how you're "working on it" this week?

        Microsoft Teams: We're Working on it™

      • IndefiniteBen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Almost a month since the last update. Can we expect another vague update about how you're "working on it" this week?

        Microsoft Teams: We're Working on it™

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "This is still actively being worked upon. We’re still aiming for early this calendar year (2018) if development and testing go well.

        I hope to have more details to share soon.

        -Warren"

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        One Thousand One Hundred Forty Nine days since this was requested. It has been the number one requested features for over nearly all of that time yet it is still NOT on the road map.

        The intended use case is common enough that without this feature we are unable to follow Microsoft's own best practice for deploying teams: "Try to avoid creating different teams that have the same set of members, as this approach may not provide the desired focus to deliver the project or goal. "

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Desperate to get this. Our Use Case is that we want a single Team for each client project we deliver, but need some private channels for areas such as Commercial conversations, contracts and so on. We would like to store all this within the Project Team, but can't at the moment as they're sensitive.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        One Thousand One Hundred Forty Nine days since this was requested. It has been the number one requested features for over nearly all of that time yet it is still NOT on the road map.

        The intended use case is common enough that without this feature we are unable to follow Microsoft's own best practice for deploying teams: "Try to avoid creating different teams that have the same set of members, as this approach may not provide the desired focus to deliver the project or goal. "

      • Ishrat Fatima commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a critical need, and the differentiator of going with Slack instead of Teams. What is the ETA on this?

      • Ishrat Fatima commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a critical need and the differentiator of going with Slack instead of Teams. What is the ETA on this?

      • Karl Dawkins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is probably the most sought after feature in Teams. Please can we get a real time or beta test date on this?

        Being SharePoint is the backend, surely simple security would at least lock down the files? Right now even that doesn't work, if you're a member of the team you see everything no matter what.

        Come on MS, restore our faith in you and bring this feature to the top of the Teams development table. We _need_ it to function correctly.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        At what point do we give up on ever seeing this feature released? 1 year (already past) 2 years (already past) 3 years ? Microsoft just close this post and call this feature dead.

      • Andreas Huber commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's a bit sad if you trust on Microsoft and share the idea of Teams with other, then after a while you recognized that things look good on the surface, but looking at details most Office365 products are just not useable right now... they look good, based on cool ideas, but just not there at a point which makes them releaseable for a productive usage without relying on tons of workarounds and compromises. Unfortunatley, this missing feature is just a single represenation of missing basic functionality all around Office365.

        And as this is not sad enough, Microsoft does the rest and keeps ignoring user feedback while having a response culture which makes people even more disappointed of specific product, Office365 service and even Microsoft as a company.

        :-(

      • Pauline commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, any news on a rough timing for this feature? This will be critical for us to adopt Teams at scale... Thank you

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As a developer myself, I HATE to ask the "how long" question, but would it be possible to have an official update on this please?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Going on 17500 votes and still waiting, sad, I'm sure many of us need this to work asap..

      • Rikard Olsson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        HALF-DECENT WORKAROUND: You can limit access to FILES for other people via SharePoint, by removing access (and adding access to those who needs it).

        This however will allow others to see conversation messages and links to the files, but they cannot access the actual file.

      • anonyme commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is shameful that we have been waiting for two years and still no news for the implementation of this functionality. in addition it blocks us in our deployment in our company. we will at least want to hear about the release date of the features, knowing that it was planned for 2018 and now we are in 2019 ...

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